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"Geoffrey goes to the Fair"

Graphically, this game is very appealing. The game is introduced by a 3d animated music video clip that explains the context of the game and proves to be very entertaining. There is also a 'video' clip introducing each of the 9 activity areas.

Technically, the game is always in 'sink' - our computer is never having to catch up with the sound or movement, which we've had problems with on similar calibre of games (we run a P233 with 24 mb Ram)

Educational qualities:

The games are setup to encourage the player to win a trophy in each activity, however, the competitiveness is not overemphasized and each activity is fun to play regardless of whether you end up with a trophy. The game keeps a personal history for each player (prizes & levels of
difficulty are saved)

We found the activities to be extremely entertaining and over time recognized their educational value (very well disgused). We noticed problem solving & listening skill improvements and considerable hand-eye cordination improvement in our three year old.

The software provides 3 levels of difficulty on each activity. You can preset the difficulty levels to be different on every activity based on your child's strengths and growth areas. We have only tested the easy level of the software on our son - the advanced levels provide more educational aspects.

Pony Races enhances Auditory Comprehension.

Your pony races against 2 others. Your speed depends on how accurately and quickly you click on the correct keys based on verbal prompts.

Mystery Match develops Memory Skills & Item recognition.
The player is required to flip over upside down pictures. Each picture comes in pairs arranged randomly. Each time that a pair of the same pictures is revealed they are removed from the screen leaving the remaining pairs to be matched.

Ping Pong Pow focuses on Hand Eye Coordination and Auditory Comprehension.

Rows of targets move across the screen in opposite directions. The player is instructed what items to selectively shoot with their ping pong ball gun i.e. 'everything that can fly'.

Rainbow Stage is pure musical entertainment.

Geoffrey and his friends strike up a band because the band that was booked couldn't make it. They sing, on your child's prompting, any one of 5 different songs. There are
only these 5 songs to choose from regardless of your child's aptitude or ability. The songs are interesting for our 3 year old but probably past age 5 they are of little or no interest.

Bumper Thumper promotes Hand Eye Coordination.

There's little if any skill development here. Each car has a colored flag which disappears when it is hit by your/Geoffrey's car. After hitting all the cars their flags reappear so that you can do it all over again. At higher levels there is a car with a pirate flag pursuing your/Geoffrey's car which causes you to lose a point if it nails you.

Haunted Castle involves Problem Solving.

Higher skill levels provide harder mazes and more frightening sounds and challenging situations to figure out. All in all it's a very monotonous game, everything is scripted and we find it very boring.

Choo Choo Switcheroo focuses on Listening Skills, Instruction taking and Problem Solving.

All in all it requires the child to think more than the other activities. As you/Geoffrey guide a train along a track you need to switch the tracks so that the train is directed to the correct stations in the correct order to pick up or drop off the right passengers.

Sticky's Ice Cream Tent stretches your child's Listening Skills, Instruction Taking and Hand Eye Coordination.

This game is the one which our son finds most entertaining as a penguin buddy barks out customers' ice cream orders you hurry to scoop, spread or squirt the right item into the
bowl at a pace that keeps up with the instructions. This is probably the best activity I've seen to cause my son to want to become proficient in handling the computer mouse!

Noodles' Amazing Balloons is a non skill level activity where the child interacts with a cheezy clown who ties balloon animals based on their preferences. The balloons they most enjoy can be saved on a separate page.

Overall

Pros: the entire game can be navigated using a mouse (once your child's name has been entered and saved)
3d Animation is impressive Sound: entertaining but not annoying

Cons: Giving this game to my 3 year old seems like a slippery slope towards pure computer games. Geoffrey, the character is too sticky sweet after a while (somewhat Barney-like if you ask me)

Goeffrey Goes to the Fair
 

Goeffrey Goes to the Fair

ESRB: Rating Pending - RP
Platform: PC Games
Category: Childrens Software
 
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"Geoffrey goes to the Fair" Graphically, this game is very appealing. The game is introduced by a 3d animated music video clip that explains the context of the game and proves to be very entertaining. There is also a 'video' clip introducing each of the 9 activity areas. Technically, the game is always in 'sink' - our computer is never having to catch up with the sound or movement, which we've had problems with on similar calibre of games (we run a P233 with 24 mb Ram) Educational qualities: The games are setup to encourage the player to win a trophy in each activity, however, the competitiveness is not overemphasized and each activity is fun to play regardless of whether you end up with a trophy. The game keeps a personal history for each player (prizes & levels of difficulty are saved) We found the activities to be extremely entertaining and over time recognized their educational value (very well disgused). We noticed problem solving & listening skill improvements and considerable hand-eye cordination improvement in our three year old. The software provides 3 levels of difficulty on each activity. You can preset the difficulty levels to be different on every activity based on your child's strengths and growth areas. We have only tested the easy level of the software on our son - the advanced levels provide more educational aspects. Pony Races enhances Auditory Comprehension. Your pony races against 2 others. Your speed depends on how accurately and quickly you click on the correct keys based on verbal prompts. Mystery Match develops Memory Skills & Item recognition. The player is required to flip over upside down pictures. Each picture comes in pairs arranged randomly. Each time that a pair of the same pictures is revealed they are removed from the screen leaving the remaining pairs to be matched. Ping Pong Pow focuses on Hand Eye Coordination and Auditory Comprehension. Rows of targets move across the screen in opposite directions. The player is instructed what items to selectively shoot with their ping pong ball gun i.e. 'everything that can fly'. Rainbow Stage is pure musical entertainment. Geoffrey and his friends strike up a band because the band that was booked couldn't make it. They sing, on your child's prompting, any one of 5 different songs. There are only these 5 songs to choose from regardless of your child's aptitude or ability. The songs are interesting for our 3 year old but probably past age 5 they are of little or no interest. Bumper Thumper promotes Hand Eye Coordination. There's little if any skill development here. Each car has a colored flag which disappears when it is hit by your/Geoffrey's car. After hitting all the cars their flags reappear so that you can do it all over again. At higher levels there is a car with a pirate flag pursuing your/Geoffrey's car which causes you to lose a point if it nails you. Haunted Castle involves Problem Solving. Higher skill levels provide harder mazes and more frightening sounds and challenging situations to figure out. All in all it's a very monotonous game, everything is scripted and we find it very boring. Choo Choo Switcheroo focuses on Listening Skills, Instruction taking and Problem Solving. All in all it requires the child to think more than the other activities. As you/Geoffrey guide a train along a track you need to switch the tracks so that the train is directed to the correct stations in the correct order to pick up or drop off the right passengers. Sticky's Ice Cream Tent stretches your child's Listening Skills, Instruction Taking and Hand Eye Coordination. This game is the one which our son finds most entertaining as a penguin buddy barks out customers' ice cream orders you hurry to scoop, spread or squirt the right item into the bowl at a pace that keeps up with the instructions. This is probably the best activity I've seen to cause my son to want to become proficient in handling the computer mouse! Noodles' Amazing Balloons is a non skill level activity where the child interacts with a cheezy clown who ties balloon animals based on their preferences. The balloons they most enjoy can be saved on a separate page. Overall Pros: the entire game can be navigated using a mouse (once your child's name has been entered and saved) 3d Animation is impressive Sound: entertaining but not annoying Cons: Giving this game to my 3 year old seems like a slippery slope towards pure computer games. Geoffrey, the character is too sticky sweet after a while (somewhat Barney-like if you ask me)



 
 

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